Progressive stayer Sertorius has recorded his maiden win at Group level with a classy performance in the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Caulfield this afternoon.
Sertorius was given a brilliant ride by jockey Ryan Maloney on the fence, saving ground while the favourite Precedence was caught wide, and the Galileo gelding responded impressively when asked for an extra effort to score a comfortable win from Epingle and Gai Waterhouse-trained Queenstown.
The six-year-old was unlucky not to pick up a Group 3 victory in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington last Saturday and co-trainers Jamie Edwards and Bruce Elkington now believe that he is good enough to compete at the highest level of racing during the 2014 Autumn Racing Carnival.
“He deserves to be put away now and we will raise our sights with him a fair bit in the autumn,” Edwards said after the race.
“I am just rapt; we have had a tough time over the last 12 months and this has topped it off.”
There has been pressure on Edwards and Elkington to replace jockey Ryan Maloney with a big-name rider on Sertorius but the duo stayed loyal to the rising hoop; a decision which paid off handsomely after he gave their star galloper a gem of a ride this afternoon.
“You will not get a better ride than that,” Edwards said.
“Everybody had a crack at us and I know the owner had a few of his mates’ say why don’t you put a topline jockey on but that ride was a ripper.”
Sertorius did not jump from the barriers with his usual speed and Maloney was forced to access where he wanted to position the Bendigo Cup winner; with Adelaide-based gelding What’s In A Name over racing towards the front of the field.
Maloney put Sertorius in a lovely position on the rails and timed his run perfectly to pick up his first win Group win since winning the 2011 Spring Stakes with Uxorious.
“He just turns up every week and just tries his best and never lets us down,” Edwards said.
“It was really rewarding today, he deserved a win like this, and he was really stiff last week.
“He was really slow out and I had hold my ground because otherwise I would have been caught in the backwash like most of them did.
“The race was run at a good genuine tempo and I was able to keep sneaking runs up the fence.
“At the top of the straight I was going good enough to win it and when I asked him for an effort he gave me everything he had like usual.”
Maloney was quick to pay credit to Edwards and Elikington, as well as owner Mike Palmer, and the way that they have patiently brought Sertorius through the grades.
“They have been really patient with him and it is starting to pay dividends now,” Maloney said.
“I know that there have been quite a few trying to neck me but this time last year I was at Dunkeld and today I have won a Group 2 so I am wrapped.”
Veteran stayer Precedence had no luck during the run and could only battle home fairly to finish sixth.
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2013 Zipping Classic Finishing Order
|1||2||SERTORIUS||Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington||Ryan Maloney||–||1||59kg||$3.70|
|2||6||EPINGLE (NZ)||Michael Kent||Brad Rawiller||2L||7||57kg||$12|
|3||8||QUEENSTOWN||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||2.4L||8||56kg||$5.50|
|4||4||MIDSUMMER SUN (GB)||Sam Kavanagh||Damien Oliver||4.65L||2||59kg||$9.50|
|5||7||DETOX||Jake Stephens||Ben Melham||4.75L||9||57kg||$61|
|6||1||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart & James Cummings||Craig Williams||4.95L||4||59kg||$3.40F|
|7||3||RANSOMED (NZ)||Gary Vile||Craig Newitt||7.95L||6||59kg||$16|
|8||9||KAZANLUK||Anthony Freedman||Kerrin McEvoy||8.95L||10||56kg||$15|
|9||10||MISS ZENELLA (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Michael Rodd||20.95L||5||56kg||$26|
|10||5||WHAT’S IN A NAME||Jim Smith||Dwayne Dunn||35.95L||3||58kg||$71|